By: alan t (offline) Friday, 02 January 2009 @ 06:06 PM ICT (Read 13410 times)
Can anyone update me on the possibility of some bikes "arriving" for sale in Thailand that don't attract huge duty, Kawasaki have dont ok with the Ninja 250 but what about the 500cc plus market, any models and dates known?
First the bikes not have to be Thai build to have a lowered government duty, bikes which are Japanese build or anywhere are also lower on duties. Actual the Kawasaki Ninja 250R is build in Thailand, but not to Thai custom law, it is build in a so-called bonded warehouse manufacturing plant, which means that it still needs to be imported into Thailand even it is already in Thailand.
Currently the only Thai manufacturer who builds 250cc motorcycles in Thailand is Tiger Motorcycle, with its Tiger Boxer 250 RS, which is not a bad choice at all, being halve the price of what Kawasaki is offering, and surely not half the fun.
We can expect that other manufacturers will introduce 250cc motorcycle models on the Thai market, any larger engine displacement motorcycles we probably have to wait until the end of March for 30th Bangkok Motorshow.
I would not expect Kawasaki to introduce the ER-6n soon, surely not before March, into Thailand, matter of fact I would find it interesting to see how they will survive the global economic crisis.
For Thailand I would not be surprised that they moved production out of Thailand, their Indian partners (Bajaj Auto) made them a sweet deal they basically pay for the factory, which can support world dement. Expending the current Thai factory will play a demand on cash and credit Kawasaki not hasâ€¦.
By: Chris (offline) Monday, 19 January 2009 @ 10:29 PM ICT
Price includes registration. This is an official, dealer (manufacturer) sold, Thai made bike. Richard, don't confuse this with an import. It's a nice deal. But don't all hurry to get one, because I want mine soon!
By: Richard (offline) Tuesday, 20 January 2009 @ 06:46 AM ICT
The registering cost is something completely different then import duty. The registering cost for the Kawasaki ER-6n is something like 55,000 to 60,000 Baht.
If the 225,000 is including the 60,000 Baht for registering then the price for a unregistered bike would be 165,000 Baht.
Kawasaki does the same with the Kawasaki Ninja 250R, selling the Ninja 250R without registering cost, the difference is that the registering cost of a 250cc is only much much less then registering a 650cc.
Therefore I belief that the 225,000 Baht is excluding registering, but I could be wrong... But lets hope I'm wrong..
P.S. Thai build Kawasaki motorcycles still need to be imported into Thailand, as they are manufactured under a special BOI bonded warehouse manufacturing schema.
By: Chris (offline) Wednesday, 21 January 2009 @ 09:50 PM ICT
Well, it's still just one bike, but based on what I have read on another forum, these will be selling like hot cakes. If this bike is not your choice, the next thing is the Fazer 600 at twice the price. It's a start for sure but there's a long way to go before the market changes too much. I hope Honda will notice what is happening and bring some affordable models in; then we will start to have a choice. But I don't think many tears will be shed if some of those 'bigbike" shops start to struggle. We would be best rid of one or two of them.